That’s not a spelling error.
I did that on purpose.
If you don’t know who Rich Roll is, it’s a pretty cool story.
But I’m not going to tell you about Rich Roll.
I’m going to tell you about me, reading Rich Roll’s book, Finding Ultra.
You see, I got this book for Christmas. My wife thought that it would be right up my alley. She wasn’t wrong. It’s a self help book. A productivity book. A philosophy book. It’s a whole bunch of things, all in one place.
And it’s a big kick in the gut.
You see, here’s the story of Rich Roll.
Overweight former athlete is overworked and underwhelmed. He feels like he might not make it.
And then one day, after having trouble making it up the stairs, he decided he needed to change something.
So he became a vegetarian and then become, quite possibly, the fittest man on earth.
He was 39.
I’m 38…for another 8 months.
From a physical fitness perspective, I’m not where I want to be. From a career perspective? I’m getting there. I’m not a vegetarian. God I love meat.
Now, last year, my wife got me a yoga membership. And the year before, she got me a shirt that was a little smaller than I would really be able to wear.
It’s easy to suggest that this is the same as a husband buying his wife a thighmaster for Christmas, and that’s the way that I present it…because it’s funny.
But the fact is that I absolutely loved this book and it has inspired me to make some very important decisions in my life. That yoga membership? It was my idea and one of the best I’ve ever had. And that shirt? I love it. And it was $5. So why not?
What does all this mean?
I think that too often, we think we know what someone intends based on what we believe to be the evidence presented to us.
A failure to communicate can change the face of history, so why do we imagine that it couldn’t make a huge difference in our own personal life?
This book is great. End of story. It doesn’t mean my wife thinks I’m overweight (I am) or that I should exercise more (I should) or that I could stand to become a vegetarian (I could).
Some people are trying to help.
And sometimes shirts are $5, so you buy them.